Authorities: Multitude of Stolen Tools Found in Brownsdale

Updated: 07/29/2014 6:52 PM
Created: 07/29/2014 10:07 AM
By: Dan Conradt

(ABC 6 News) - A major bust by law enforcement in our area -- even they don't know how far-reaching the case might be.

And it all started with an image caught on surveillance video in rural north Iowa.

“On Friday we got a call from Mitchell county that they had trail cam footage," Mower County Sheriff Terese Amazi told ABC6.

The video came from a property owner who'd been the victim of a burglary.

"In viewing this trail cam footage, a license plate emerged, and it was registered to an individual in Brownsdale," Amazi said.

That individual was 37 year old Shane Rose, and Saturday law enforcement officers executed search warrants at Rose's home, along with several vehicles and a storage building.

"And in all of those properties including the vehicles, stolen property was found," Amazi said.

“They've been loading trailers non-stop, so there must have been an awful lot of stuff," Brownsdale resident Gerald Mosier said.

"We've got thousands and thousands worth of power tools and drugs and weapons," Amazi explained.

“We actually watched a few of the arrests take place from our house," Mosier said. He and his family live across the street from Shane Rose’s home. "Past couple of days have been a circus."

And it’s possible that the circus has just begun:

“As serial numbers emerge, I'm certain we'll have more counties involved," Amazi said.

"We watched drug deals going on for the whole time we've been here," Mosier told us.

"Drugs certainly played a part in these burglaries. Most of the burglaries, I believe were committed for drugs," Amazi.

Tuesday morning, Shane Rose and two other men, 40-year-old Troy Leeper and 28-year-old John Dehoff, were formally charged with drug and firearms offenses. Additional charges are expected as the investigation continues.

"It's going to be a work in progress for many months," Amazi said.

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